Regular readers will know that I always try and self-justify my occasional forays into cryptozoology and associated topics in this way, mostly out of a massive amount of paranoia. Wherever it is in the world that you live, you’ve probably heard tales and reports of mysterious big cats that wander about the countryside and, generally, go unphotographed and uncaught.Here in Britain people regularly report big ‘black panthers’, tan-coloured ‘pumas’, bob-tailed ‘lynxes’ and an assortment of smaller spotted and striped cats that variously recall Leopard cats . As I’ve tried to get across in previous articles (see British big cats: how good, or bad, is the evidence?It also looked nothing like a leopard cat, ocelot, caracal, lynx, or any of the golden cats.Clearly, what I’m getting at is hard to quantify, but it was as if someone had super-sized a feral moggie.More people will read a post about Godzilla or sasquatch than about tree frogs or small brown passerines, for example. It is partly with this in mind that I have felt the urge to write the long-promised post on the giant Australian feral cats (go here to see a previous hint that this subject would be covered one day).As usual with fringe-type subjects, I know that this is something that will generate extreme scepticism in most readers – and rightly so given that this idea is perhaps hard to swallow – but, as usual with these things, having learnt about the details I think that there is some really interesting stuff here.The second video that Paul showed was even more remarkable (a still – from here – from the sequence is shown at left).
Burston estimated its shoulder height at 75 cm, and this doesn’t seem inappropriate.In the standard review work on ABCs, can and does attain a body size commensurate with sheep- or deer-killing’ (Shuker 1989, p. For me it was among the most memorable talks of the event, and here’s why: he showed two video clips that both showed large, black cats (large = apparently exceeding 1 m in total length).But rather than being feral leopards or any other cat species that exhibits melanism, the weird thing is that these cats looked like gigantic specimens of .The Lithgow film is not the only decent bit of footage that exists.